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Posted on Tue, Dec 8, 2009 : 10:30 p.m.

John Beilein's basketball teams have weathered shooting slumps before

By Michael Rothstein

Michigan coach John Beilein has watched 3-point shots go up and miss their intended targets all season. The third-year coach has lamented that his team is full of good shooters who, for whatever reason, can't make shots right now.

He's not panicking.

He’s been through this before at West Virginia, where his team started a season considered one of the best in the country. The Mountaineers went to Villanova, got beat up pretty bad and a severe slump began.

“We came out of that and the 1-for-17’s behind the arc, in front of, we were all over the place,” Beilein said. “We virtually lost four of our first five Big East games. We turned it around with Pitt, never looked back and went to the Elite Eight. Richmond, I remember the same thing. Here it’s been the same thing.

“You go through them and you try to just get through them and we’re, you’re not very pretty when you don’t have those things going.”

At Michigan, Beilein says the mechanics of the shots are fluid right now. He doesn’t see any major technical glitches in their releases. It's merely a matter of confidence.

“Could be mental,” Beilein said. “Certainly part of it is mental because if you’ve ever played sports or played basketball, it’s, there’s some days you don’t think you can miss and there are some days you don’t think you can make one."

Michael Rothstein covers University of Michigan basketball for He can be reached at (734) 623-2558, by e-mail at or follow along on Twitter @mikerothstein.



Wed, Dec 9, 2009 : 10:18 a.m.

Apostrophe violation.


Wed, Dec 9, 2009 : 8:54 a.m.

Beilein's offensive schemes just got exposed at the Old Spice and he is not panicking? LOL! If his schemes work we should be 7-0 right now and ranked in the top 10.